The DOJ sent immigration court employees a link to a racist and anti-Semitic blog post attacking immigration judges

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  • The Justice Department sent immigration court employees an email linking out to an article attacking immigration judges using deeply offensive and anti-Semitic slurs, BuzzFeed News reported.
  • The article was posted on the white nationalist website VDare, which routinely traffics in racist and anti-immigration rhetoric and has explicitly targeted immigration judges in the past.
  • A DOJ spokesperson told BuzzFeed the email in question was put together by a contractor and should not have included the link to the VDare post.
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The Justice Department sent immigration court employees an email this week that linked to an article attacking immigration judges with offensive and anti-Semitic slurs, BuzzFeed News reported on Thursday.

The article was posted on the white nationalist website VDare, which routinely traffics in racist and anti-immigration rhetoric and has explicitly targeted immigration judges in the past.

Ashley Tabbador, the head of the National Association of Immigration Judges, said in a letter to the Justice Department that the email came from the department's Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR).

Tabbador wrote that the article "directly attacks" immigration judges "with racial and ethnically tinged slurs," and the label 'Kritarch,'" according to BuzzFeed. "The reference to Kritarch in a negative tone is deeply offensive and Anti-Semitic," Tabbador added.

Kritarch is a term derived from the concept of a "kritarchy," or a society run by judges. It's referenced in the Old Testament's Book of Judges as a type of rule in ancient Israel. VDare has repeatedly used the term to pejoratively refer to immigration judges.

Tabbador called on James McHenry, the head of EOIR, to take action following the dissemination of the article.

The post was sent to immigration court employees as part of a daily briefing that usually includes links to news reports about immigration, BuzzFeed reported. A Justice Department spokesperson told the outlet that the briefing in question was put together by a contractor and should not have included the VDare link.

"Publication and dissemination of a white supremacist, anti-semitic website throughout the EOIR is antithetical to the goals and ideals of the Department of Justice," she wrote. She added that the court should withdraw the email and issue an apology to immigration judges.

"Separately, EOIR should take all appropriate safety and security measures for all judges given the tone and tenor of this posting," she wrote.

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